Exotic animal found roaming Metairie area caught by JP animal control

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Exotic animal found roaming Metairie area caught by JP animal control

Animal control officers in Jefferson Parish have captured an exotic cat that was roaming parts of Metairie early Tuesday morning, attacking at least one animal.

The exotic animal, a serval, was spotted by a Metairie resident who posted on Facebook that the big cat was roaming around Metairie. Animal control officers tracked the animal near York Street and Transcontinental Drive.

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According to a spokesperson for the Louisiana Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, owning exotic animals is illegal in Orleans and Jefferson parishes, but Jefferson Parish allows residents to have them if they apply for several permits.

WDSU reporter Travers Mackel said the lawyer who represents the serval’s owner confirmed the cat was caught around noon Tuesday.

Mackel said officials told him that servals can be kept as domesticated animals and that the animal likely escaped from its owner’s home because it was hungry. Jefferson Parish officials are checking to confirm the owner has the proper permits for the animal.

This is a developing story. Stay with WDSU.com for updates.

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